Work by Romanian photographer Mihaela Marin is on show in the exhibition The Portrait of Dorian Gray at the Romanian Academy. 27 April-12 May.
The photographs were taken during a performance of Dragos Galgotius ballet adaptation of Oscar Wildes novel starring Razvan Mazilu as Dorian Gray in Bucharest in 2004. They capture Mazilus expressiveness and elegance as well as the magnificence of the set design.
Romanian Academy, Valle Giulia, Piazza Jos S. Martin 1, tel. 063201594, www.accadromania.it. Mon-Fri, 09.00-13.00, 14.00-17.00. Entrance free.
The French Academy is showing the documentary series Il Nuovo documentario italiano until 18 May.
The films Men and Wolves and The Seventh Day will be screened on 27 April. The first, directed by Daniele Vcari, recounts the life of the Macedonian shepherds on the Abruzzi mountains against a backdrop of the disappointments they encounter as immigrants and their nostalgia for their homeland.
The second film, by Achille DOnofrio, also deals with the life of the shepherds and their opposition to the law requiring the culling of sheep infected with scrapie. After the screenings both directors will talk about their films and answer questions.
French Academy, Viale Trinit dei Monti 1, tel. 0667611, www.villamedici.it. Screenings every Thurs, 19.00. Entrance e3,50.
The exhibition Taboo dedicated to the Australian artist Leigh Bowery is showing at the British School at Rome until 6 June.
Born in 1961, Bowery, a performer, fashion designer and musician, moved to London in 1981, where he became known for his unconventional views on art. The exhibition features photographs depicting his life and work as well as some of the costumes designed by him.
Part of the show focuses on the friendship between Bowery and the English painter Lucian Freud, who used him as a model for his paintings. Rags used by Freud to clean his paintbrushes and later stitched together to form a cloak bearing the portrait of Adolf Hitler testify to this friendship.
British School at Rome, Via Gramsci 61, tel. 063264939, www.bsr.ac.uk. Mon-Fri, 16.00-19.30.
The Institutum Romanum Finlandiae in conjunction with the American Academy in Rome is organising a two-day conference on the religious inscriptions of the ancient Greek, Roman and Italic worlds. 19-20 April.
Scholars from Finland, the United States and Italy will lecture on the meaning of the inscriptions, the context in which they were conceived and their social significance.
The first session (19 April) will take place at the Institutum Romanum Finlandiae, Passeggiata del Gianicolo 10.
The second session (20 April) is hosted by the American Academy in Rome, Via Angelo Masina 5, tel. 0658461. www.aarome.org. 19 April, 10.00-18.00; 20 April 09.15-18.00.
The Austrian Institute is dedicating three days of lessons to Sigmund Freud to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth. 4-6 May.
Teaching will focus on Freuds life and work and his contribution to psychology in particular. The lessons are free and open to all but booking is required.
Austrian Institute, Viale Giulio Cesare 47, tel. 063213483, www.oesterreichinstitut.it, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American pianist David Northington performs music Copland at the American Academy in Rome. 17 May. Northington, a piano teacher, has performed in the United States, Europe, Russia and China, as well as giving classes at the main music conservatories in these countries.
American Academy in Rome, Villa Aurelia, Largo di Porta S. Pancrazio 1, tel. 0658461, www.aarome.org. 21.00. Free entry.
Piano duo Sebastiano Brusco and Marco Scolastra perform pieces by Soler, Pinto, Saint-Saens and Ravel at the Italian Institute for Latin America. 26 April.
Italian Institute for Latin America, Piazza Benedetto Cairoli 3, tel. 06684921, www.iila.org. 19.00. Entrance free.
The Swiss Institute in conjunction with the University of Bari is holding a study day to mark the 250th anniversary of the publication of the book Idylls by the Swiss painter, poet and writer Salomon Gessner. 28 April.
The conference will examine Gessners historical and social context and shed light on his long-forgotten activity as a painter, editor and politician in Zurich. Gessners Idylls were translated into English, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish and Czech.
Swiss Institute, Villa Maraini, Via Ludovisi 48, tel. 064814234, www.istitutosvizzero.it. 09.30.
Thomas Geiger from the Literarisches Colloquium of Berlin will talk about the recent Leipzig Book Fair 2006 at the Goethe Institut. 26 April. 18.00.
The second largest literary event in Germany, the Leipzig Book Fair provides a platform for talented young writers. This years edition in March had a special focus on emerging publishing houses and new literary trends.
There will also be a concert at the Goethe Institut to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of W. A. Mozart (1756-1791) and the 100th anniversary of the birth of Frommel (1906-1984) and of Schostakovich (1906-1975). 27 April. 21.00.
The Roma Piano Trio ensemble with Marco Damiani (cello), Alessandro DAndrea (violin), Angelo Pardo (piano) and Claudia Ramous (viola) will perform selected pieces.
Goethe Institut, Via Savoia, 15, tel. 068440051, www.goethe.de.roma.